Monday, October 16, 2006

HIKING TRIP IN THE ALPS

... everything did happen at 7.15 AM on Saturday December 1st 1923 ... the GLENO dam (diga del Gleno, this is its name) broke and almost 400 people (the exact number is unknown) living in the villages in the valley underneath the dam died ...... today the horrible disaster is still in the memory of the people ... but probably very few people have direct memory of that horrible morning ... what is left of the dam is still there and it is the destination of hiking day trips ... I did it last Sunday with my brother, his girlfriend and other friends ... really a nice hike ... although a little bit too short ... I had this memory of the same hike when I was a kid ... and I was pretty sure it was at least 3 hours ... but it ended up in less than 1 hour hike ... anyways ... here PIANEZZA ... the village starting point of the hike ...... and here some pictures of the dam ... or what is left of it ... still wrapped in the morning fog ... it made it even more sad ...... and here some other pictures of the hiking ... overall it was really a very nice day ... so strange to write about a nice hiking in such a tragic location ... in a way I found it sad ... at the same time ... it is nice to see that where there was death now there is new life ... and people remember it ... anyways ... these are some of the animals wandering in the area of the dam ...... this is the group of friends I went with ... if you are curious ... PAOLO ... my brother ... is the one on the left ...... and this is me ... with my new hiking shoes ... I bought them for my Patagonia trip I will do in 2 weeks ... but I found out that they are probably slightly too big ... funny ... I bought them because the previous one were slightly too small ... ehehehe ...

1 comment:

filale97 said...

wow, the gleno dam...can u believe i didn't even know about that it exists? and i came from Bergamo!!
anyway, next spring i think i'll go on a hike to visit it...;-)

 
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